DLR Group's 'Reconstruction' of the Portland Building
Ever since the drawings were unveiled in 1980, the Portland Building in Oregon has drawn plaudits and catcalls. Vincent Scully commended the finished work in 1982 for the way the “detailing and color relate to the pre-International Style buildings in the city,” and its attempt “to revive the urban fabric.” But, as the pop-star building glowed brightly in the pages of Time, Newsweek, and People, the client, the City of Portland – and its 1,500 employees working inside – suffered.
Our approach and the potential consequences foreground a fundamental question in the preservation of landmark Modernist and Postmodernist buildings, many made with materials that fail, are discontinued, or fall short of today’s performance demands: what’s historic – the building with its original materials, or the design concept?
In the Media
Metropolis features Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Lighting Design
In a special feature in their July/August print edition, Metropolis highlights our work on New York's Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.
DLR Group Partners with Chaffey College for new Library Learning Commons
Spaces4Learning recently shared the exciting news about the new Library Learning Commons at Chaffey College.
Lighting & Sound America Features Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex
LSA’s July issue highlights the innovative engineering and design of the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex in Missouri.
VenuesNow Celebrates Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Centennial
VenuesNow highlights the tremendous design and renovation work done by DLR Group in their article celebrating the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum’s 100th anniversary.
University of Houston Shares Renderings for New Football Operations Center
University of Houston shares football operations center renderings during a celebration for the school’s entry into the Big 12 conference.
DLR Group Partners with Texas A&M on Academic Center
DLR Group is partnering with Hines for the first mass timber academic building at Texas A&M. The Aplin Center will be an immersive learning laboratory for new university programs in hospitality and retail studies.